Chef Shay Lavi’s Rozina Bakehouse & Coffee is now open on Hurt Plaza, across from the historic Hurt Building, in downtown Atlanta. Rozina features Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired freshly-baked breads and pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast dishes as well as Batdorf & Bronson coffee. The bakery and cafe is named for Lavi’s grandmother.
Rozina’s all-day menu includes sandwiches like a lamb brisket BLT, paninis, shakshuka, salads, and a hummus plate, along with a chicken biscuit, French toast, and eggs benedict for breakfast. There’s also a mini falafel burger and a regular house burger listed. Everything on the menu is under $10, which is in keeping with the area’s large student population from nearby Georgia State University.
Two counter cases are filled with pre-made, baguette sandwiches, pastries, baked goods, and desserts for grab-and-go. The student-friendly dining room also features several two and four-top tables, a long banquette, and a two-sided bar equipped with outlets and USB plugs.
Lavi, who is half-Turkish and half-Libyan and grew up in Israel, began cooking professionally in Tel Aviv before moving to Atlanta, where he worked in the kitchen at Ecco in Midtown and eventually for chef Terry Koval at Wrecking Bar Brewpub. He founded his own catering company called Let’s Eat in 2016, which features vegetable-heavy dishes, large meat skewers, and breads done on Lavi’s custom-built grill.
Rozina Bakehouse is located just south of Woodruff Park and around the corner from Ebrik Coffee Room and Buenos Dias Cafe.
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33 Hurt Plaza SE, Atlanta. rozinabakehouse.com.